Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization

Report of the committee

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Special Senate Committee on Senate Modernization has the honour to present its

FOURTH REPORT

Your committee, which was authorized by the Senate on Friday, December 11, 2015, to consider methods to make the Senate more effective within the current constitutional framework, now reports as follows:

In its first report tabled on October 4, 2016, your committee examined the organization of Chamber business and now recommends the following:

That the Senate direct the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament to develop and propose to the Senate amendments to the Rules of the Senate to change the Order Paper process, particularly the process for so-called “stood” items, in line with the six elements set out on pages 34 to 35 of the first report.

That the Senate direct the Committee on Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament to recommend amendments to the Rules of the Senate to restructure the Order Paper in a coherent and predictable manner such that:

• Bills are listed in numerical order, with Senate bills listed before House of Commons bills;

• Motions and inquiries are listed in numerical order; and

• Other items are listed in the order in which they were added to the Order Paper.

Respectfully submitted,

STEPHEN GREENE